Oklahoma City, Oklahoma —
During the 2011 legislative session the House required its conference committees to provide advance public posting of agendas and proposed legislation, and to then debate and vote on those bills in public. In past years, conference committee work was done behind closed doors without public oversight.
This year we also eliminated the use of “shell bills” in the appropriations process. In the past, lawmakers spent hours voting on appropriations bills that contained no numbers, a pointless and wasteful process that benefitted no one.
In addition, since 2004, the House has archived recordings of all House floor activity and required roll call votes in committee that are posted online immediately.
For our democracy to work, citizens must have access to all relevant information about their elected representatives, and I am proud to advance reforms that help Oklahomans stay informed.
As always, feel free to contact me at (405)557-7365 or write me at State Capitol Office 302A, 2300 North Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105.